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Improvements to airport in Akureyri

Minister of Transport Kristján Möller announced last weekend that the government had agreed to speed up the improvements to the airport in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, by one year; they are now scheduled to finish in fall 2008.

“This is a very urgent matter of interest for northern Icelanders and it is obviously more efficient to complete all operations next year,” Möller told Morgunbladid.

Improvements include lengthening the airfield by 500 meters, renewing the layer of asphalt, constructing a security zone at the end of the airfield and purchasing new landing equipment.

“It will greatly increase the usability of the airport and improve the tourist industry in Akureyri and in the entire north Icelandic region,” Möller claimed. “It will also be good for companies exporting fish via air. The improvements of the airport are part of the counter measurements organized [by the government] in relation to the cod fishing quota cut.”

Möller explained that the airport improvements are also part of the government’s plan to strengthen the economy outside the capital region.

The minister said more people will be able to travel to work in the Eyjafjördur region once the tunnels between Siglufjördur and Ólafsfjördur, one underneath Hédinsfjördur fjord, and another through Vadlaheidi mountain, open.

The Hédinsfjördur tunnel is scheduled to open in 2009 and the Vadlaheidi tunnel a few years later.

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